IT is time for the pointy end of the inaugural Women’s Premier League season, and with three teams left, it is time for a two match final series to ultimately decide who will be the inaugural champion.
The Mumbai Indians and UP Warriorz will battle it out first in the eliminator, with the winner to progress to battle the Delhi Capitals in the final for the title.
For much of the tournament thus far, there has been a clear pecking order. Delhi and Mumbai have been the teams to beat, with UP a clear level above Gujarat and the Royal Challenger Bangalore.
However, UP were the first team to defeat Mumbai this season, so anything could happen.
Unsurprisingly, it is the internationals who have been the key for all three sides, but some of the non-internationals have really impressed.
From a bowler’s perspective, five of the top six highest wicket takers have all been from the finalists.
One non international who has made a name for herself this tournament is Saika Ishaque, who sits third on the wicket taking list but has proven to be really dangerous and a real weapon for Mumbai.
On the batting side of things, unsurprisingly it is Australians who have starred with the bat this tournament. Meg Lanning, Tahlia McGrath and Alyssa Healy have all starred with the bat this tournament, alongside the likes of Shafali Verma and Hayley Matthews.
Speaking of Matthews, after a few lean months with her national team she has really returned to fine form this tournament, scoring the highest number of runs and taking the second highest number of wickets for Mumbai.
Considering it took until the final game of the regular season to determine who would play in which final, this finals series is set to be entertaining yet unpredictable, which is what any cricket fan would love to see.
2023 Women’s Premier League Finals Schedule
The Eliminator – Mumbai vs UP Warriorz – Tomorrow at 7:30pm (Saturday 1am AEDT)
The Final – Delhi Capitals vs the winner of the Eliminator – Sunday at 7:30pm (Monday 1am AEDT)